Frederick Joseph Harlfinger, 2nd, USN

Born  14 Sep 1913Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Died  21 Dec 1993(80)Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA


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Ranks

  Lt.Cdr.
1 Mar 1944 T/Cdr.

Retired: 1974


Decorations

mar/May 44 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Frederick Joseph Harlfinger, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS S-32 (137)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 May 1943Jan 1944
USS Trigger (237)Lt.Cdr.Submarine25 Feb 1944Feb 1945
USS Sirago (485)T/Cdr.Submarine13 Aug 1945

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Events related to this officer

Submarine USS S-32 (137)


4 May 1943
USS S-32 (Lt. F.J. Harlfinger II) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 6th offensive war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kurils.

23 May 1943
USS S-32 (Lt. F.J. Harlfinger II) ended her 6th offensive war patrol at Dutch Harbour.

27 May 1943
USS S-32 (Lt. F.J. Harlfinger II) departed from Dutch Harbour bound for San Diego.

6 Jun 1943
USS S-32 (Lt. F.J. Harlfinger II) arrived at San Diego. She is now assigned to training duties.


Submarine USS Trigger (237)


23 Mar 1944
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. Frederick J. Harlfinger II) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Palau.

8 Apr 1944 (position 19.06, 142.36)
During an attack on a Japanese convoy west of the Marianas in position 19°06'N, 142°36'E, USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. Frederick J. Harlfinger II) is damaged by depth charges, however despite being damaged she remained on patrol.

9 Apr 1944 (position 19.03, 142.31)
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) was again damaged by depth charges, position 19°03'N, 142°31'E.

12 Apr 1944 (position 10.26, 134.29)
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire north of Palau in position 10°26'N, 134°29'E.

27 Apr 1944 (position 8.34, 134.53)
During an attack on A Japanese convoy about 90 nautical miles north of Palau, USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Miike Maru (11738 GRT) in position 08°34'N, 134°53'E, and torpedoed and damaged the frigate Kasado (870 tons, offsite link) and the Japanese army cargo ship Asosan Maru (8811 GRT) in position 08°32'N, 134°42'E.

20 May 1944
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

11 Sep 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

24 Sep 1944
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Formosa.

30 Oct 1944 (position 30.13, 132.49)
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Takane Maru (10021 GRT) south-west of Toizaki, Kyushu, Japan in position 30°13'N, 132°49'E. The damaged tanker is later damaged by USS Salmon and finally finished off by USS Sterlet.

17 Nov 1944
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) was ordered to discontinue her patrol and return to base at Guam.

28 Dec 1944
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) departed from Guam for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bungo Strait.

3 Feb 1945
USS Trigger (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Harlfinger II) ended her 11th war patrol at Guam.


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